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PDVSA's Oil Exports to Asia, Americas Fell in 2014

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA's exports to Asia and the Americas fell last year though shipments to Europe increased, according to a preliminary government report issued this month.   The OPEC country's Oil Ministry did not explain the overall drop in exports in its report to Parliament, though ebbing oil output at mature fields and refinery problems towards the end of the year are likely to have crimped shipments.   Asia remained PDVSA's top market last year as Venezuela has sought to diversify away from North America, though shipments to Asia clocked a roughly 8.3 percent drop to 953,000 bpd.   Exports to North America fell about 4.8 percent to 837,000 bpd and those to Latin America dropped 8.5 percent to 418,000. European deliveries increased 11.9 percent to 132,000.   Exports to regional allies under favorable terms dropped last year, part of a trend of Venezuela cutting back on such deliveries amid a severe economic crisis at home.   Around 77,000 barrels per day were sent to key ally Cuba, the report said. It did not provide comparative data, but the figure suggests shipments to the Caribbean island have dropped significantly.   Likewise, exports under regional cooperation agreements such as Petrocaribe fell to 101,000 bpd last year from around 122,000 in 2013.  


Romanian Yard To Cut Losses Ahead Of Sell-off

State-run Romanian Black Sea shipyard Santierul Naval Constanta expects to cut losses this year and to upgrade facilities to make it more attractive ahead of its sell-off, an official said. "Declining traffic in the Constanta Port last year, mainly due to the Yugoslav conflict, has affected our 1999 results," Dan Mocanu, head of the shipyard's privatization department, said. He said the shipyard had losses of $21.9 million last year, but revived port activity was expected to trim these to $7


NNS Earnings Per Share Up 26 %

Newport News Shipbuilding reported net earnings of $20 million, or $.58 per diluted share for the third quarter of 1999. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the quarter were $47 million, up 9 percent from EBIT of $43 million in the same period last year. NNS posted third quarter revenues of $451 million versus $462 million in the third quarter last year.


Asry Expects Operating Income to Hit $135m

Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company (Asry) said that it expected net operating income to reach about $135 million by the end of this year, compared to $111 million last year. The board praised the notable improvement in sales and net profit after depreciation till the end of October, which is estimated at $11.5 million, an 88 percent increase over the net profit for the same period last year of $6.1 million.


Gulf Island Earnings Steady

Houma, La.-based Gulf Island Fabrication reported steady earnings and higher revenue recently. The company’s net income during the quarter that ended Sept. 30 was $10m, the same amount it earned for the period one year ago. On a diluted per share basis, Gulf Island earned 70 cents in the recent quarter, compared with 72 cents last year. However, Gulf Island reported revenue for the recent quarter was $124.9m, up from $89.7m last year.


Global Marine Reports Profit Slump

Offshore oil driller Global Marine Inc. announced that first quarter earnings fell sharply compared with the same period of 1999, but showed signs of stabilization after a steady decline in earnings since mid-1998. After a restructuring charge, net income fell to $12.6 million from $36.8 million in the first quarter of 1999. Its earnings were more or less steady with the final quarter of last year. Revenues totaled $204 million compared to $228 million in the comparable period last year


NOL Shares Down 6.8 Percent

Shares of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) slumped as much as 6.8 percent on Monday morning after it said it expects to book a profit for the full year but that the results would be much lower than the previous year. The world's sixth largest container ship operator fell to a 17-month low of S$1.08 before crawling back to S$1.11, down $0.05 in moderate trade of more than two million shares. The Singapore Exchange had suspended the stock after its president and CEO Flemming Jacobs warned of


China Shipbuilding Profit Jumps

According to a report from Ebeling Heffernan, China Shipbuilding Industry Co. (CSIC), the country’s northern shipbuilding giant, said its net profit last year rose 7.28% to about $246b. Due to a recovery in the Global shipbuilding market and a rise in orders, shipbuilding business has increased business 38.17% from the same period last year, it said.   (SourceL Ebeling Heffernan)


Tonnage Numbers Steady at U.S. Ports

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U.S. ports continued to post positive tonnage numbers in October. The Seaway’s year-to-date total cargo shipments from March 22 to October 31 were 29 million metric tons, up 2 percent from the same period last year.   “With just two months left in the 2011 navigation season, the Seaway is on track to meet its projected seven percent improvement over last year’s tonnage performance,” says Rebecca Spruill


Retail Imports Expected to Drop in February

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Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to drop 8.4 percent in February from the same time last year as the shipping cycle reaches its slowest month of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Ports and distribution centers are getting the break they deserve after the busy holiday season, but it won’t last long


Navios in Red, but Beats Estimates

Picture: Navios Maritime Holdings

 Navios Maritime Holdings, vertically integrated seaborne shipping and Logistics Company, slumped to a loss in the Q1 although the result beat by $0.10 per share the average estimate of analysts who had forecast red ink for the dry bulk company.  


HSH Nordbank Looking to Split Off Bad Shipping Loans

Image: HSH Nordbank

 HSH Nordbank AG, the world’s second-largest financier of ships, plans to split off a "bad bank" for non-performing shipping loans as part of a plan to create a sustainable business model, reports Reuters.   The city of Hamburg was willing to inject billions of euros in


SCI Back in the Black after 3 Yrs

  The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI), India’s largest shipping company and a Government of India Public Sector Undertaking having reported losses for last three financial years has made a dramatic turnaround,  reporting a net profit of Rs. 200


IMO Adopts Polar Code Environmental Provisions

IMO has taken the very last step towards making the consolidated Polar Code internationally binding

  United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code. Hereby, internationally binding regulations on navigation in polar waters become effective from 1 January 2017. The IMO has taken the very last step towards making the


Maersk in Vessel Share Deal with MSC, MOL

Maersk Line has entered into a vessel sharing agreement with Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Japan's Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) on routes between Asia and the east coast of South America. "The VSA will simplify the network and improve operational responsiveness on


Long Beach Cargo Continues Rebound

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Strongest April for Port of Long Beach since 2006 Container cargo flow through the Port of Long Beach increased 7.9 percent in April compared to the same month last year, leading to the busiest April in nine years, the port announced today.


BP, Sinopec in Singapore-based Bunkers JV

British oil major BP and China's Sinopec Fuel Oil are starting a Singapore-based joint venture in ship fuel storage and sales, BP said in a statement on Tuesday. The 50/50 joint venture, which builds on a similar agreement signed in 2011, will leverage both companies' existing bunkering


Vale Concludes Sale of VLOCs to Cosco

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 Brazilian miner Vale has completed the sale of four other large iron ore carriers to China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco), which was agreed last September.    This transaction is related to the agreement signed with Cosco on September 12, 2014.  


Containership Reliability Reaches New High

Photo: Maersk Line

Container service reliability reached a data-series high in April with the aggregate on-time performance for the three key East-West trades rising to 67.6%, up by 4.1 percentage points on March, according to Carrier Performance Insight , the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry


LPG Coaster Shipping Market to Remain Weak in 2015

Freight Rates (Source: Drewrys LPG Forecaster)

The LPG coaster shipping market continues to be plagued by excess vessel supply with rates remaining stubbornly below pre-financial crisis levels, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


SC Ports Box Volumes Up Nearly 15%

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South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) informs it has handled nearly 15 percent more pier containers fiscal year to date than the same period last year, with total box volume through April climbing to nearly 900,000 containers.   SCPA handled 96,166 pier containers in April, compared to 86


Italy: 900 Migrants Rescued at Sea, One Dead

More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said on Thursday. One body was recovered. All the rescues were carried out on Wednesday, the official said


Ferry Firm DFDS Looks to Expand

Danish ferry and transportation firm DFDS is on the takeover trail, its chief executive said, after reporting its highest first-quarter operating profit on record and turning around its loss-making English Channel route. Earnings before interest, taxes


ERMA Bullish on Ballast Water Treatment

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 After having delivered several BWTS systems in Kita Nihon shipyard in Japan, one more ERMA FIRST BWTS was successfully installed onboard the Bulk Carrier M/V SCARABÉ(DWT: 60,000t), managed by NIOVIS SHIPPING COMPANY, which was built at Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd


Carrier Schedule Reliability Improves in April

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Transport consultant Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight (CPI) for April records 67.6%, up by 4.1 percentage improvement on the previous month in the aggregate reliability of ships on the main Asia-Europe, transpacific and transatlantic trades.  






 
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